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2024 Summer Cultural Festivals in Inland Rethymno

2024 Summer Cultural Festivals in Inland Rethymno

The Inland Rethymno Festivals!

Enjoy the Authentic Cretan Culture - The Inland Rethymno Festivals of 2024

Mylopotamos Municipality Festival - A Celebration of Local Heritage!

This rich summer-long festival is a true "social renaissance" honoring the area's traditions.

From concerts and dances to performances, film screenings and more - there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Look forward to acclaimed artists from Crete and across Greece bringing their talents, including popular singers like Natassa Bofiliou, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Elena Paparizou, Elli Kokkinou, Anastasios Ramos, Elena Vitali, and local stars Loudovikos of Anogia, Michalis Tzouganakis, Stella Seiragaki and Manos Papadakis.

more Municipality of Mylopotamos


Amari Municipality's 9th Green Festival (July 19-22)

This small mountainous area is preparing a big 4-day cultural celebration!

In partnership with local village associations, the 9th Amari Green Festival promotes cultural heritage, circular economy and sustainable development through 49 engaging events.

The diverse program features hiking trails, talks, music/theatre shows, traditional craft workshops, exhibitions, film screenings and a fun 5X5 competition between villages. A central theme is the traditional Cretan wedding and its customs.

Co-organized with the Region of Crete, Rethymnon authorities, chambers and organizations - all Amari Green Festival activities are free for all to enjoy!

Cretan Wedding Traditions Brought to Life
A special festival section revives the age-old traditions of Cretan weddings. On July 19, the "Chest of Time" opens at Asomaton School, gathering old wedding photos, books, songs and poetry.

Then on July 20 in Agios Ioannis, witness the making of traditional wooden-oven wedding bread, filling the air with nostalgic aromas of the past.

more Amari Municipality

"Yakinthia" festival celebrates its 26th year with a lineup of special events taking place in the open-air theater of Agios Yakinthos.


From July 26th-28th, talented artists, actors, dancers and musicians will ascend the mountain, promising unique and unforgettable nights under the stars. Here's what's in store:

Friday, July 26th at 8:30 PM

"The Great Story of a Tiny Grain of Clay" - Archaeological presentation
"The Standing Soil" storytelling by  George Kalomiris
"Dream on the Wave" theatrical performance based on a work by  Alexandros Papadiamantis
Musical program and improvisations

Saturday, July 27th at 8:30 PM

Live pottery demonstration from artists of Margarites village accompanied by ancient lyre music
Theatrical monologue "The Lament of the Mother" by actress Emm. Margioula
Musical compositions by violinist Maria Manousaki and pianist Dimitris Vardinoyanniou

Sunday, July 28th at 8:30 PM

A special evening honoring composers  Manos Hadjidakis & George Grammatikakis
Presentations about their lives and impact
Musical performances featuring their works

Parallel Events:

Ceramic sculpture exhibition by B. Hereti
Display of ceramic objects from Margarites
"The Gifts of Psiloritis" exhibition
Film screenings on the "The Standing Soil" theme
Mountain tea tasting by  George Saloustros

Don't miss this enchanting mountain-top festival celebrating Cretan art, culture, and traditions in the magical open-air setting of Agios Yakinthos!


Discover the Unspoiled Inland of Rethymno
Both the Mylopotamos and Amari cultural festivals take place in the inland regions of Rethymno, providing a unique opportunity to explore these areas beyond the coast. Venture into the mountainous villages and be immersed in the rich, authentic culture that has remained largely untouched.

From traditional customs and age-old crafts to the stunning natural landscapes, this is a chance to experience Crete's inland charm at its fullest. The hospitable locals welcome you to their unspoiled corners of paradise, where time seems to stand still amidst olive groves, vineyards and scenic trails.

So make your summer cultural experience a complete one - discover the inland treasures of Rethymno through its lively festivals celebrating heritage, nature and the famous Cretan spirit!

City of Rethymno

You are invited to travel to areas, which are perhaps still unknown to the majority, and which are sometimes remote, but always magical and magnificent throughout the seasons. We recommend our visitors to see our picturesque villages through the eyes of the soul, try the Cretan cuisine, our wine and “tsikoudia”, participate in our revelries and festivities, but most importantly get to know our soul, our hospitality, the safe, untouched interior of the region, the other Rethymno.
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